Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together

Holly class - w/b 15th January

This week in Holly class we have been reading the story, Immi, and the children have loved bringing it all to life through their play and learning inside and outside of the classroom. Immi is the story of a little Inuit girl who lives in an igloo and, one day, she starts to find brightly coloured treasures in her fishing hole. The children have enjoyed exploring their very own igloo in the classroom, designing and creating igloos with etc construction toys, experimenting with colour through both water mixing and with watercolour paints in their art lesson. Inspired by Immi's brightly coloured igloo in the book, the children produced some paintings of some beautifully decorated igloos. 

In maths this week, the Reception children have been using a 'staircase model' as a way of looking at the numbers 1 - 5 and the children in Year 1 have been learning how to use a number line when working with numbers to 20. 

The Reception children have been introduced to 4 new phonemes in their phonics lessons; ai, ee, igh and oa. They have had lots of practise spotting these in words they are reading. Year 1 are going to be doing some recap of their Phase 5 phonemes over the next couple of weeks with a real focus on reading unfamiliar words and also applying their phonics learning when writing at all times! This week they have started with a recap of ou and ay. 

In Literacy, we have continued to use the book 'Lost and Found' to lead our learning. The children worked on generating questions to ask the penguin (who looked a lot like Miss Bevan!) and Year 1 went on to think carefully about how they would write these. We have also been working on writing super sentences; Reception have been working on using their phonics knowledge and focusing on letter formation and Year 1 have been trying to include adjectives and also join ideas using 'and'. 

Friday afternoon was forest school this week and it was a beautiful cold, bright day for it. Lots of fun was had by all, thank you Mrs Shiels!